Two trustees forgo 2007 increases in salaries

A long-time trustee says she won't run for the office again.
BOARDMAN -- It doesn't amount to a large sum, but two trustees opted to forgo their 2007 raise established by the state Legislature.
At a meeting last month, trustees approved a 1.7 percent raise for themselves and William Leicht, fiscal officer. The raise was in accordance with action passed by the state Legislature.
The raise took trustees' 2007 pay to 20,008 and Leicht's pay to 27,409.
"I'm going to refuse the 2007 raise and ask the fiscal officer's office to keep my pay at the 2006 level," Trustee Robyn Gallitto said at a trustees meeting Thursday.
Trustee Kathy Miller then followed suit, saying that she also would retain the 2006 pay.
"It's about a 334 difference," Miller said.
Gallitto said she wanted to set an example.
At the same meeting where the raises were approved, Leicht talked about revenues coming in lower than anticipated and urged trustees to seek a levy in the fall.
"It's more important to the township than it is to me," Gallitto said. "I wanted to see if anyone else would" forgo the increase. "Only one person did."
Why others declined
Trustee Elaine Mancini and Leicht will be paid at the 2007 rate.
"It's a noble act, but I wasn't part of that discussion," Mancini said.
She also referred to trustees' decision to increase from 10 percent to 15 percent theirs and Leicht's hospitalization contribution this year.
"The pay is set by the Legislature and if they say I'm entitled to that, I accept it," Mancini said.
Leicht said that the pay is determined by law and that those who do the jobs should be paid those amounts.
Miller, who was elected chairwoman for 2007 with Mancini opposed, also made a motion that Mancini and Leicht lead the township's levy committee. She cited their many years of public service and leadership.
Leicht accepted, but Mancini declined.
She said she had too many other commitments this year to do the levy committee effort justice.
"As the chair, you really should do it," Mancini told Miller. "You know what you want for the future and I'm on my way out."
Mancini, whose term expires at year's end, said after the meeting that she doesn't plan to run for office again. She is in her fourth term as a trustee and served on the school board before her township election.
Mancini, who was named vice chairwoman for 2007, said that her selection to that position was a surprise. She said she opposed Miller as chairwoman because she wanted to leave that decision to Miller and Gallitto.
Performance audit OK'd
In other business, trustees unanimously approved retaining the Ohio Auditor's office to conduct a performance audit of township operations. The cost is not to exceed 78,000.
It will take about six months to complete the work, according to a letter from the auditor's office.
The scope includes about 20,000 to examine the township's financial systems and work to develop a five-year forecast.
The audit will also review township human resources and the police, fire and road departments at a cost of 14,500 each.

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